Crazy Desk Top "short Cut"

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DDALE32

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WINDOWS XP-HOME EDITION.

I constantly have a file appearing on my desktop, like a shortcut. It's name is ~ .. that's it .. tilde. I delete it and it comes back the next day. I have run Norton AV on it and ... nothing wrong.

This is the PROPERTIES info:

c:\documents and settings/don/desktop
Size 175kb
Size on disk 176kb
Attributes = archive
Type of file = file
Description ~

After running Norton on it I tried to open it and did with Notepad and got a lot of computerese symbols. BUT some of the English that I could read lists the names of some friends I had sent e-mail to.

The date on the current ~ file is the date and time I shut the computer down last night.

This started when I setup DSL and news groups ...BEFORE going to Forte Agent. I don't know that it has anything to do with DSL but some of the cyberlanguage does say ASDL AGENT and the name of the bellsouth newsgroup address where I was sending e-mail about problems. Some of the e-mail addresses I do not recognize ... xxxx.newman.oscar.aol.com is one of them. (The xxxx is a name that I have covered.)

Any ideas?

Thanks,

dd
 
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The "tilde" ~ shortcut is actually a backup of your Outlook Express Contacts. Its appearing on your desktop due to a coding glitch in a Windows Update file.

If you are lucky, Microsoft may correct it in another update onle day.
Or not.

This is a widely recognised problem.
 
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